Ashley Nickels is an associate professor at Kent State University. Dr. Nickels' research centers on issues of power, social equity, and democratic participation, working at the intersections of urban politics, nonprofit and voluntary studies, and public policy and administration. Her area of specialization is community development, broadly defined. Dr. Nickels is the Vice Chair of the Public Administration Theory Network, Co-Leader of the Scholar Strategy Network of Northeast Ohio, Co-Leader of the Growing Democracy Project and Growing Democracy Lab, and Co-Host of the Growing Democracy Podcast.
Dr. Nickels holds a PhD in Public Affairs, with a specialization in Community Development, from Rutgers University-Camden.
Ph.D. in Public Affairs, specialization in Community Development, Rutgers University, 2016, M.S. in Public Affairs en passant, Rutgers University, 2016, Master of Public Administration, concentration in nonprofit leadership, Grand Valley State University, 2006, B.S. in Psychology and Gender Studies, Grand Valley State University, 2003